Image of the Week – 3/26/2017

Taylor St at US 80 (Now I-8) in 1960, looking east

Image of the Week – 3/19/2017

Old US 395 at Rush Creek in Mono County, CA near Mono Lake.

Wigwags – Part 4

When you did deep enough and look hard enough, you’ll find there is far more history left in Southern California than you might think. I have found this to be true when it comes to finding wigwags in the region. This one, in Hawthorne, CA, is along a former Pacific Electric Railway line that headed to Manhattan Beach. Located at Eucalyptus Ave just north of El Segundo Blvd, it still presses on as a lasting tribute to the old railway, now a part of the Union Pacific Railroad.

General view along Eucalyptus Ave showing the crossing.
Closeup of the wigwag.

Image of the Week – 2/27/2017

I-5 and State 56 in Sorrento Valley, CA

Image of the Week – 2/16/2017

Elk grazing in the reserve to the east of current US 395 near Fish Springs in the Owens Valley.

New Ridge Route Video, sort of

After finally resolving some software issues, I have finally been able to start editing and posting videos again. My most recent one was taken in November 2015 along the Ridge Route from near Liebre Summit. It shows some of the issues the road is facing presently regarding erosion and a lack of maintenance.

Highway Videos site

Interesting site with videos and information about a few of the highways in Southern California and Arizona.

http://forgottenhwy.weebly.com/

Finding Old Highways – A Guide – Part 3 – Bridges

Bridges

Bridges and culverts can be great indicators of when a highway was built and by whom it was built. In California, there are a few different styles of railing which can be used to put a relative date on a particular bridge when they don’t have date stamps on them. Other indicators may be used when the bridge rail has been modified or even replaced by modern rail. Styling elements on the superstructure vary depending on age. Older bridges tend to be more ornate than more modern structures. This page will serve as a guide to these styles and help to increase understanding of what goes into the design of these bridges.

Continue reading Finding Old Highways – A Guide – Part 3 – Bridges

Image of the Week – 2/9/2017

Walker Pass with an ACSC sign and 178 shield.

Image of the Week – 2/3/2017

Old alignment of State 79 (right) and the current alignment (left), between Temecula and Winchester in Riverside County.

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